that is my "two cents m that is my "two cents merve. thank you. that is my "two cents more". is it for tonight's "willis report." have a safe memorial day weekend and a happy one. thank you for joining us and don't forget to dbi to show ♪ ♪ neil: are you ready to fire up the grill? welcome, everyone, i am neil cavuto. i hate to rain on your memorial day picnic. the fact of the matter is that the prices you're going to have enough picnic have gone up double digits. if you look at barbecued meat alone, it's up about 22% over last year. fruit, even for those of the
individuals up there. well, you will be paying dearly. the florida one orange crop has been on the lowest it has been 20 years. you have potatoes and copy and i could go on and on about double-digit increases that are going to make it a little tough to have an affordable meal or as affordable as it was last year. so maybe she will help us with us. this. we have some people who need the help as well. and jonathan hoenig well. so let's get right to it. we are not imagining these increases in prices so let's get right to it. we are not imagining these increases in prices, but how can you get around what seems like every major food group is up. what is going on?
>> this is the last thing that the families need. the price of groceries going up on top of what we are seeing with increasing twisting cost in gas prices, all the things that families need in our necessities. when we look at the rise in prices, we see that it is significant. sometimes it's the price increase that gets people to be strategic brittleness talk about strategic shopping, you can save maybe 50% of those items. and when you are talking about saving on me, a couple of things to do, what i call a freeze in stock strategy. a family of four leading six nights a week, they're having beef or pork or chicken and strategy that you need to follow his only buy it when it's on sale in all of those items will go on sale at some one in a three-week period over 25 to 50% not. only buy when it's on sale, buy twice as much for the freezer.
and that will save a family of $4000 per year. neil: fair enough. >> this is so sad for the american family. these are the highest the prices we have seen in almost two decades. you couple that with double-digit unemployment, one of the lowest labor participation rates we've had, it's sad and it's no wonder that 74% of americans still believe we are in a recession. >> it seems like we have better luck looking for some of the sales. but i am wondering about why we are not seeing this in the inflation data. that we convenientlleave out of these things.
>> the inflation measures are by and large government reported. many of them we have seen as we have alluded to. just look at the shares of this, that is in exchange for this that follows agriculture prices. it hurts the poor, especially impacting the people with the extra 10 or 15%, he makes a difference and i know it has an impact on you. you weep for a family of war, as we are talking about a lot of money. neil: @-at-sign, can we cut his mic, please. [laughter] so we know a lot of people who o for the cheaper meat or they
just find something that isn't so off the chart. advise them what to do. >> how can i avoid saying that people could start using coupons. so many people have smart phones and today so many retailers are putting up their own store coupons in one of mobile coupons. so i'm talking about going to the store website and looking for coupons. yesterday i went to the grocery store and i actually wasn't too organized. and it told me that if i texted one word to the source number committee would send me 10-dollar mobile coupon off my groceries. so the stores are competing for business. look to the retailers. go to the website. and you don't even have to be organized anymore. you can just use your phone, use
the app. i personally think it's one of the most exciting things that we have seen in couponing this past year. neil: in the meantime i want to thank you and our panel. when we come back, racial comments from a rockefeller i take prilosec otc each morning for my frequent heartburn. because you can't beat zero heartburn. woo hoo!
there are some who have made up their mind that they don't want it to work. if they don't like the president. maybe he is of the wrong color or something of that sort. neil: are we still doing this? blaming it pretty much on the president's color. not a word about the cost, which may have a thing or two to do with it. margaret writes that every time i disagree with obamacare, i don't like the color of his skin. and then we get rockefeller is off his rocker.
and if i was against it as hillary care, am i racist against her as i would be with obamacare? and how stupid can some people be? we are way past what kind of thing. apparently we are not. and americans growing weary of officials. finally, raitt writes us that i am against rockefeller because he is an and the ram us ignoramus so maybe the color of his skin is not a problem, but maybe it is the thickness of it. so trusting, my good friend for many years, congratulations on your new show. when you make of this? >> thank you very much. one of the best tweets that i saw this week, on november 8,
2016. i think more than anyone else president obama is at fault. he has intimated or hinted at this on more than one occasion. the fact of the matter is that you have two political parties and you have different ideologies and a may look at things differently and they always have area 200 years before he became president, and the next 200 years. and i think, for me, the economic downfall of the president and his foreign policy, i think what he did for race relations during his time in office has been bad. >> no, we are not perfect, we are not colorblind. it's not a racist society, if you will. but the idea of being a more perfect nation, we keep moving toward the goal.
you go up and then you come down and then over the period of time, it's kind of like i just think it's pathetic. have an intellectual argument. neil: the president reminds him that he had free reign with everything he wanted when the democrats had the run of the white house and the house and the senate and so it's kind of like pirates looting something. it was little reefer all and they want to be angry, they can be angry at themselves.
neil: should african-americans be angry? >> absolutely. i think the greatest block people should be them. we could've used him as an example. he could've said i am an example of what you can do if you get an education. i'm an example of what can happen in this country. and so let's reward and enabled mediocrity instead of saying that everyone is great and everyone can be great. and that is most disappointing thought about his presidency. neil: there are some that are dated. it seems to be colorblind. >> what we have seen come from obamacare is a failure.
and you are going to be covered, but it's going to come at a cost of your pocketbook. and sadly it is a vast portion of millennial civil habits. the others are paying top dollar. that is to say absolute active desperation. racism is the straw that you grasp for a failed liberal policy. >> i really applaud the generation. there was one guy sitting downplaying guitar at a strip bar. there was a guy you can copy and i started singing together. my son is 17 years old and we went to the kanye concert. and i think we've got much better than we give ourselves
the poor. >> young people value bipartisanship treated and we were told it it was seen as anything but anything but that amount is one when it was turned away. >> i'm just amazed that charles is old enough to have a 17 or would son. that's a shock to me. rockefeller is an absolute disgrace. he's a racist, and he looks at skin color, and this just goes with the democrats always been to be about. not looking at people as individual looking after skin color and gender and what group they are part of.
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but it does sound like joe arpaio will not be running for governor of arizona. some folks are saying that he could easily get the job, but the maricopa county sheriff doesn't want the job. so it's always good to have you. why no interest in this job? >> well, this happens every four years. the problem if i decide to run, i have to resign the next day and so i don't want to givup the sheriff's office. i have too many things and everyone is taking shots at me and my dedicated officers. so ind everyone is taking shots at me and my dedicated officers. so i am not going to surrender, so i will stay the sheriff lee seven lawyers. neil: many in the state argued it could have a lot more clout as governor and what you say? >> first of all my county is most of the state anyway.
i built a reputation and by the way, i have a gun and badge and a governor doesn't have a gun and badge. so i think a very important, even though those role of the shirt is part of this. >> you are 82 years old. but you don't look at. so is this the job you want to be in? >> yes, this is my last optimize spent 50 years in law enforcement. many years as the head of the federal drug enforcement in mexico and all over the place. but i will go out with mike gun and badge. i'm not crazy about being the governor. so i'm going to do what i feel is right for my organization and not surrendered to the department of justice and the many other elements, trying to take me down for many years. so they're going to put up with me, i'm running again in 2016 and i've already raised over
$400 million. so i don't think money is the issue. neil: all right, picking your brain a little bit on this, an american soldier had been holed up in prison cell for a few months. so what do you think. is there something we are not getting or was seen? is there something more to this? >> i was the director in mexico city, mexico many years ago. it's sad what is happening. many want to get into our country illegally. so i don't know what is going on, but i hope that this, especially if they use the secretary of state and the power of the president, why doesn't he speak out is what is going on in
my. neil: there must be something else going on. this has dragged on for a wild. this has happened with other soldiers who accidentally wandered into this. so something is amiss here anonymously secretary of state john kerry couldn't get him set free. something is amiss here. >> i don't know. i don't know what's going on. is a political? are they trying to stall it to get kudos later on for missing the we rescued the guy, take a lot of credit worthy heroes for the heroes come in the white house has plenty problems going on. in the hope that this will turn into a positive situation. i don't know. neil: you are right about that. on the illegal immigration issue.
do you have any favorite of the possible presidential candidates? >> no, not really. they all came to me last time for my endorsement and i settled with governor rick perry. maybe he will run again. but everybody talks, i get a little disenchanted. i have a couple of sensitive investigations going on and that's one reason i'm not leaving. but nobody seems to have an interest in my investigation. >> if he was run to run again would he be your favorite driver now? sumac yeah, i think that we need a texas ranger back in the white house. neil: joe arpaio i'm always good to have you. eighty-two years young and the sheriff's job. when we come back, you know him
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♪i hope someday you'll join us ♪and the world will live as one♪ neil: indiana governor mike pence joins me now. he is closely watching not only what has been going on with health care, but he has not accepted in exchange in his state. we will get to that in just a second. in the meantime he is equating what is going on there with the problems we are seeing with this whole veterans agency debacle. governor, thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> first things first. beware of big government with
this government agency with what is happening now. >> it is just a heartbreak. i came from a memorial day service here in indianapolis and we have a big race in indiana every year or that the most important thing is remembering those who served and to see what is happening in the va hospitals. it's deeply troubling to those across indiana. there are many hospitals here in indiana to do a line drive. telling us that we ought hold back from the government takeover of health care in china and obamacare.
neil: i know that you are against the government and you have a lot of conservatives scratching their head when he rejected obamacare and set up an exchange. so you could take the money that would provide medicaid expansion in her state. a lot of your critics said mike pence betrays america and expands health care. taking the money and running with it. and a lot of them are saying that some are starting to fold on obamacare by enforcing having your cake and eating it too. what is your stands? can you clarify what you did? >> we have been say no to obamacare here in the state. i was one of the leading voices against the affordable care act. so from the outset of our administration we said no to this state-based extension we ruled out expanding traditional medicaid. i think traditional medicaid is
a deeply flawed that is bureaucratic and service people that are enrolled in a and in fact there is recent studies that show the people on medicaid have no health outcomes in people who have no coverage at all. that being said we still have about 350,000 people in indiana that follows in that coverage gap in the good news is here in indiana for the better part of the last six years we have had a better plan. it's called the healthy indiana plant where we have expanded health savings accounts and consumer driven health care to people within the medicaid population and it has been unsuccessful. people have been moving into preventative care. so for indiana to have the opportunity to expand this program and perform medicaid.
neil: with the critics are saying is that any association with even the money from obamacare soils even eyes of the national republican party. and maybe hurts her presidential and maybe hurts her presidential prospects. disavow them on that notion. >> i said as we can washington and here in indiana a week or so back that we have to be solutions. and we need to appeal obamacare. we need to appeal medicaid and started six years ago indiana introduced the most advanced consumer driven health care reform in america and it has done it incredible success. by reforming medicaid and dealing with working people for a family of four making less than $33,000 per year for people that are just getting started on the ladder of success, creating
a pathway where they can take greater ownership of their own health care decisions, including creating a healthy assistance program where people can use those dollars to buy private insurance and we will let this debate go forward. we will solve albums with conservative principles right here in indiana. neil: very good to see you again. at mike pence making some waves nationally. when we come back, it is not too hard to fire someone who is growing up in the air. it's almost impossib in the public sector. the va is the proof, especially when the senate won't even allow a vote on a measure that would ♪ [ dog barks ] ♪ [ male announcer ] imagine the cars we drive...
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neil: how would you like it if this whole veterans affair fiasco could've been avoided if you could just find more people? all of these underlings, if they weren't up to snuff for providing that care, just fire them like we do in the business world. the house was overwhelming for doing that with a bipartisan effort. no such accountability at all. so jesse james thinks this is just ridiculous. i have to agree with you. it's not even getting a chance but here we go. >> yes, it is shocking. the va management accountability act, hr 4031, passed by 300 and 90 to 33 votes. this one was last time i we saw them to get through the house with such overwhelming support? the entire house realized the
public outcry scandals, they were saying enough is enough and i got taken to the senate side and a cop rock. bernie sanders said we need time to review this build should be looking at it. it's a three page bill, 27 lines. three pages, 27 lines. it's a straightforward bill is quite simple for anyone to digest. as and it would allow him to fire them, what you cannot do right now. >> wouldn't allow him to fire himself in a. [laughter] >> okay, keith fitzgerald, what do you make of this it's a lot easier to fire people in washington . and when you hear bernie sanders say there's not enough time, well, that was the issue that
the fact that they can do what the private sector is asking to do, i got off i can make that case criminally. there is something dramatically wrong that it's an insult to being wrong. >> is blumenthal had said that this is where the criminal charges had existed in in the meantime, we kind of knew that this is where accountability isn't going. >> that's right, the senate's rejection of it is a rejection of their leaders and the disinterestedness. barack obama has treated this incredibly wrong. it took a month to address this and then the administration to announce that we will be okay with the house bill passing and that's not what you do when there are 40 dead veterans. you actively pursue this bill and lobby the senate and the
president has not done it. neil: it reminds me that promises are one thing and promises can be another as well. >> taking responsibility makes going to a fundraiser in chicago. she's not only a better self, but she's also a very loud pundit and spokesperson on twitter. and everything about the va is owned and controlled and organized by government. that is what makes an awful and immoral. these heroes to our countr
immoral. these heroes to our country, you give them vouchers for $20,000 year, $50,000 a year. let them go to the mayo clinic and decide if they want to get treated. that is the only rights respecting way to treat our servicemen and women as heroes. neil: why is that not an option for a lot of us? when i talk to those who have loved ones who died as a result of the way and everything on, i guess he could technically find another option. so you're kind of stuck on that. >> most veterans don't have used the va dome. many of those veterans end up getting bad credit ratings because the va wouldn't reimburse the cost. so we are now asking for another level of bureaucracy and i want to point out, i would like to say to bernie sanders, are you going to stand by these dead veterans and their families or by the bureaucrat that you're
trying to save their jobs? because that is really what your choices. neil: remind me to never get in an argument with you. [laughter] neil: thank you so much, powerful words. coming up next, i'm going to defend the united states post office after this and i will tell you why. wheelies have plans to try to save money and these latest plans are getting shot down as well. i'm going to go postal about these others going postal on the post office [ male announcer ] if you suffer from a dry mouth then you'll know how uncomfortable it can be. [ crickets chirping ] but did you know that the lack of saliva can also lead to tooth decay and bad breath? [ exhales deeply ] [ male announcer ] well there is biotene. specially formulated with moisturizers and lubricants, biotene can provide soothing relief and it helps keep your mouth healthy, too. [ applause ] biotene -- for people who suffer from dry mouth.
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want to do it. so a combined mailbox, if you will, largely rural areas, it could save nearly $2 billion a year for upwards of 50 million people dislike they didn't like the idea of canceling saturday delivery. as so every time this happens in the post office tries to save money like everyone tells the measure, as is what they say. so back now, what do you think? >> it is a rare joy. $2 billion in saving is huge. the first three months, the post office reported 1.9 billion and lawsuits. so i think it's a great plan.
>> whenever we come up with ideas, they are never pleasant. i understand that like when everyone says we have to reform entitlement. i understand. but i think we are doing this with the post office. what do you say? >> intellectually i get your argument. as. neil: you you know i don't like intellectual stuff. [applause] >> i know, i try hard not to think. but here's the thing, the revenue is going the wrong way, technology is taking over. it it is a time service anyway and let the competition of the free market sort it out. and the government has no business being in their anyway in this day and age. so i don't think they should be dealing with that. >> a private market to go to this, i wonder if they were. >> new mailboxes, i mean, come
on, what enterprise has been consistently down. all of these government monopolies, and if you really wanted to make a difference is in savings, hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue, privatize the post office. neil: so you privatize it. so yahoo and google have made communication is essentially free. you can walk into any public library and use google or yahoo to communicate. so there is no reason to have this huge bureaucracy when it could be privatized. the same service would go up.
>> this is why sanctions against vladimir putin will never work. and i think what they are saying is that we can count out exxon mobil, talking about billion dollar energy companies. and if the united states interest. >> you know, i am all for private enterprise and government not interfering. we want you are not a blind worshiper like jonathan hoenig. [applause] >> i don't want the government interfering, i think there's a line that can't be crossed. but this i am okay with it.
>> free market is at the heart of what capitalism stands for, we shouldn't be preaching economic imperialism. if it's legal, then mue if it's legal, then mueller power to them. get the government out of their way. neil: so if we want sanctions that hurt russia and these come back and say that they better not hurt us, then they are not where to get it tough sanctions because these u.s. companies won't go. >> the right to life includes the right to trade. u.s. bennies with individuals want to do business unless we are at war with russia or a military threat in the country and they have every right to. of course they take a very big risk in dealing with countries that don't respect capitalism or individual rights. i invest in a lot of venezuelan
companies. so you should be able to do business with whomever you want but you run the risk when you do business with tyrants like vladimir putin. neil: when we come back, i will tell you who i would love to tell you who i would love to interview. you, my friend are a master of diversification. who would have thought three cheese lasagna would go with chocolate cake and ceviche? the same guy who thought that small caps and bond funds would go with a merging markets. it's a masterpiece. thanks. clearly you are type e. you made it phil. welcome home. now what's our strategy with the fondue? diversifying your portfolio? e*trade gives you the tools and resources to get it right. are you type e*?
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clueless real. and another rights i like a lot of crazy you are. neil: i avoid labels, but i can tell you this much, i care, lan tell you this much, i care, but i always believe you can be both. and cecile it says sometimes you're so bridge your guest. and you may he may be a big shot at fox, but wow, you are a lousy interviewer. well, flip the channel then, there's plenty of others from which to choose. and here's something, never
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